15 July 2005
Dr. Frank Romano Nominated as International Scientist of the Year
Dr. Frank Romano
By David S. Howell
JSU News Bureau
Dr. Frank Romano, Jacksonville State University biology department head,
has been nominated as the 2005 International Scientist of the Year by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
Romano, who has been working and publishing internationally for a number of years, said he was very surprised by the
July 1 confirmation and wasn’t aware he had been nominated.
Romano has developed a close working relationship with members of the international community while researching and
publishing studies on tardigrades, microscopic aquatic life forms. He is a member of the International Tardigrade
Society and the International Association of Meiobenthologists. (Meiobenthology is the study of the tiny animals that
live in the bottom of lakes, streams and oceans. Tardigrades are part
of the meiofauna.)
Jacksonville State University is the only university in the country where one can pursue a master’s degree in
tardigradology. There are only about 160 tardigradologists worldwide and only five in the U.S. who are actively
publishing studies on tardigrades. Romano has studied the subject extensively
at the University of Modena in Modena, Italy.
“This is a very small field so I’m always looking for ways to talk to other people doing this kind of research,”
Romano said. Though he isn’t for certain, he suspects he may have been nominated by his colleagues at the
University of Modena.
“This prestigious award is made available to only a few illustrious individuals whose achievements and leadership
stand out in the International Scientific Community as decreed by the Research and Advisory Board,” wrote Nicholas S.
Law, IBC director general, in a letter to Romano. Law chaired this year’s selection committee.
The International Biographical Centre has been producing international biographical directories for more than three
decades that highlight the achievements of eminent professionals for a worldwide audience of academics and researchers
who use the information for individual or scholarly research. Over the past 35 years IBC has published more than one
million biographies of the world's leading people in 212 editions of prominent international biographical reference
titles. According to Law, all IBC titles are compiled without political, racial or religious bias and are of genuine
international interest to researchers, students, and enthusiasts alike.
Law said the IBC selection committee reviewed tens of thousands of biographies which have been published in their
scientific directories. These include 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th and 21st Centuries and
their new Living Science reference book. These directories cover vast interest and geographical areas and are
designed to provide easy access to detailed biographical information from many varied, prominent individuals.
Only a select few have been chosen for this accolade, Law said in the letter.
“A particular feature of many of our titles is that we not only include the famous but we also include up-and-coming
personalities,” Law said in an electronic press release. “We supply information sought by librarians, researchers and
the media worldwide which is difficult to obtain elsewhere. Entry into our biographical reference books is by
invitation of the editorial advisory board only and cannot be ‘bought’.”
The IBC has a stringent and rigorous vetting procedure.
“The honor enjoyed by the biographees is rare and unique and those listed in our books have very definitely earned the
right to be there,” Law said.
“This is a significant honor and it’s wonderful to be recognized by my colleagues,” Romano said. “The work I’ve been
doing internationally has been very rewarding for me, for my students, and obviously for JSU.”
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